Lenovo’s newest smartphone, the K8 Plus, is one extra step in its journey with stock Android. Looking on the demand for smartphones working on vanilla Android, along with its private Moto lineup, Lenovo has chosen to ditch its Vibe UI. The Lenovo K8 Note (Review) was the first phone to get this remedy, and to extra strengthen its stand, Lenovo has now added the K8 Plus to the document.

While the K8 Plus is not going to be a part of the Android One family similar to the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review), it a lot of the similar bins relating to software program program. However, is the the one fascinating issue regarding the K8 Plus? Let’s uncover out.

 

Lenovo K8 Plus design

If you have bought used Lenovo smartphones simply currently then the K8 Plus will look and actually really feel acquainted. Like most totally different decisions accessible out there, the K8 Plus has a metallic physique. One of the first points that may strike you about this phone is its small measurement. The K8 Plus slots in between the K8 and the K8 Note, making it comfortable for one-handed use. It has a 5.2-inch present with capacitive Android navigation buttons underneath it. Lenovo has opted for non-backlit buttons as a substitute of on-screen ones, and we found them exhausting to hit at nighttime.

The power and amount buttons are on the appropriate, and the ability button has a singular texture which makes it easy to distinguish. On the alternative side there’s one different bodily music button which is about by default to play/ pause music and swap tracks. The button might be remapped to totally different capabilities equal to taking a screenshot or launching an app, which makes it useful.

The Lenovo K8 Plus is a dual-SIM system that has a tray on the left side. There are slots for two Nano-SIMs along with a loyal slot for a microSD card.

At the once more, the K8 Plus has two cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. Below these is the fingerprint scanner which is easy to achieve. It is type of responsive and we did not have trouble when unlocking the phone. The metallic once more is a fingerprint magnet which was very evident on our Venom Black consider unit. The phone has a Micro-USB port on the bottom with grilles on each side, whereas a 3.5mm headphone jack is positioned on the very best.

The K8 Plus is relatively thick, measuring 8.99mm and weighing 165g, which might actually really feel cumbersome to some of us. One objective is the 4000mAh battery that Lenovo has crammed into this phone. 

Lenovo K8 Plus specs and software program program

The Lenovo K8 Plus sports activities actions a 5.2-inch full-HD present with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Viewing angles are good and coloration duplicate is first price. If you need punchy distinction you then’ve bought the selection to alter the colour mode of the present. Brightness is sweet adequate indoors nevertheless it’s possible you’ll have to steer clear of direct daylight at situations to see points clearly open air.

At the core of the is a MediaTek Helio P25 processor, which is an octa-core chip clocked as a lot as 2.5GHz. The K8 Plus will get 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A loyal microSD card slot allows you to improve the storage by as a lot as 128GB.

The Lenovo K8 Plus has one 13-megapixel digital digicam and one different 5-megapixel digital digicam on the once more. The latter is used to measure depth. At the doorway, there’s an 8-megapixel selfie digital digicam along with a selfie flash. In phrases of connectivity, the smartphone has two Nano-SIM slots and helps 4G along with VoLTE on every. Apart from that there is Bluetooth and WiFi b/g/n.

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Android lovers shall be happy with the stock UI which is obvious and brings some unity to Lenovo’s lineup of Motorola telephones along with its private. Other than a variety of preinstalled Microsoft Office apps, this phone is nearly free of bloatware. Lenovo does provide the option to put in apps from a listing all through setup in case you want. However, there is no categorical promise of Android updates like there could also be for Android One telephones.

Lenovo K8 Plus effectivity, battery life, and digital digicam

Lenovo has chosen good for the K8 Plus, which is type of evident throughout the benchmark exams. This phone managed to realize 64,617 in AnTuTu, along with 855 and 3745 in Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core exams respectively. We had the 4GB RAM variant for consider and it would multitask merely with a variety of apps working throughout the background. For day-to-day duties, the phone has sufficient power to ship with none lags or stutter. We carried out video video games along with Sniper 3D, Drifty Chase and Clash Royale, and all ran correctly with none hint of lag. The phone does get warmth after an prolonged gaming courses, nonetheless it didn’t get too harmful in our experience.

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The Lenovo K8 Plus packs in a 4000mAh battery which is actually answerable for its thickness and weight. Battery life is sweet and the phone can run for a day and a half with widespread use. During our consider interval the phone managed spherical one-and-a-half days of casual use and 7 hours of screen-on time with ease. In our HD video loop examine, the phone lasted 13 hours and 49 minutes which is fairly good. The bundled 10.4W charger take a little bit of over two hours to value the phone completely.

Lenovo has gone with a reasonably main digital digicam app which is easy to utilize. The HDR and digital digicam mode toggles are merely accessible. You get Panorama and Professional modes plus the default nonetheless mode. Video recording tops out at 1080p 30fps for every the cameras.

Landscape photos taken with the K8 Plus are first price nevertheless lacked the sharpness we’ve been anticipating. HDR mode offers a weird tinge in daylight photos, and is hit-or-miss normally. Night-time footage are good and the digital digicam does deal with to keep up noise beneath administration if the realm is lit correctly adequate. Macros are pretty good and the digital digicam managed to grab good factor in daylight along with low light circumstances.

Depth mode is easy to permit and the output has very good separation between the background and the subject. However we found that the digital digicam would lag after taking a couple of photos on this mode. The 8-megapixel entrance digital digicam has a beautify perform which might be set manually or switched to auto. Photos taken with the the doorway digital digicam are good and could be utilized on messengers and social networking apps. Also, the doorway flash is helpful in darkish areas.

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Verdict

Lenovo is aiming for recognition by choosing stock Android and balancing choices and value pretty correctly. The Lenovo K8 Plus is correctly equipped and manages day-to-day duties reasonably nicely. Battery life is sweet adequate to take you via higher than a single day of use. There is adequate storage for widespread patrons, and the devoted microSD card slot would not drive you to determine on between a second SIM and additional storage. Dual cameras are an attractive perform correct now too. Camera effectivity may need been greater in panorama mode, nevertheless there should be some tradeoffs with funds telephones. If stock Android and good battery life enchantment to you, then the Lenovo K8 Plus does seem to be a wide variety.


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